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HTC announce the 64 bit Desire 510

The budget phone market is a fiercely fought market these days, with companies like Motorola, Nokia, LG, ZTE, Huawei, Samsung and of course HTC battling it out. As Peter Chou says: Owning the latest and greatest technology shouldn’t be reserved for those with the highest budgets. The

LG announce the G3 Stylus

A few weeks ago LG published a promo video for the LG G3 Beat and at the very end of the video they used a graphic showing all of the G3 variants, the funny thing was that one of the phones on display didn’t exist, the G3

Blugri release Circuits for Windows Phone

Blugri Software are one of my favourite developers for Windows Phone, they make simple yet fun games for Windows Phone. They have quite a decent catalogue of puzzle games that can certainly keep you busy for many hours. The latest, Circuits is a pipe connecting kind of

Oppo preview unified storage for the Find 7a

When I reviewed the Oppo Find 7a I was rather cross that they had split the internal memory in a kind of “it’s 2012 that’s how things are done” way. It basically left the device crippled, with only about 3GB of internal memory left for apps. It

Oppo announce the Neo 5

Oppo are famed for their reasonably priced phones with decent specs and features. They’re also famed for being a bit slow at updating anything and also making ludicrous decisions that will inhibit their customers enjoyment of their products. But hey they’ve gone and announced a new phone.

The Sony Xperia Z2 is getting an OTA update

The Sony Xperia Z2 is a great device, for various reasons it is my daily go to device, a mix of size, power and functionality keep pulling me back. If you fancy reading the review it’s here. This morning upon turning my SIM free model on it

Podcast 106 – it now comes with Windows on it?

Welcome to another episode of the Coolsmartphone Podcast, joining me this week was Dan. This weeks topics revolved around the newly announced HTC One M8 with Windows, the Lumia 530, all of the Motorola rumours, EE doing 4G roaming, Dan patiently waiting for the Galaxy Note 4,

GiffGaff to change goodybag prices soon

We recently covered the news that GiffGaff were asking their members how they wanted a new and improved goodybag to work. Have a read here if you’re interested. Basically they need to change how the unlimited data package works as apparently some users are using far too

EE announce 4G roaming for 13 new countries

Roaming data is something that’s ever so slightly annoying. If you want to stay connected whilst on holiday it’s more than likely going to cost you a few quid. EE have today announced that customers can roam at 4G speeds in 13 new countries. The new countries

LG announce two new L Series phones

LG have always had a lower spec and cheaper range of devices, which up to now had groovy names like LG LII 2, LG have announced the L Fino and L Bello. Much better names. The are basically a 4.5″ low spec phone and a 5″ not

HTC announce the One M8 with Windows

Yes Windows Phone fans the day has arrived, the day that a new viable alternative to a Nokia arrived on the scene and it’s made by HTC. In a move that has been leaked and discussed at length they’ve basically took the HTC One M8 and installed

The Sony M2 Aqua will be exclusive to Vodafone on launch

Earlier on today we posted details about the newly announced Sony Xperia M2 Aqua. Shortly after this Vodafone tweeted that it would be exclusive to them. So if you fancy one you may have to go to Vodafone or just wait a while. Source – Vodafone

Microsoft announce availability of the Nokia Lumia 530

The Nokia Lumia 530 will be the lowest spec and cheapest Windows Phone 8.1 available and it’s going to be available soon. For some reason I’m a little bit excited. Spec wise it is predictably basic. - Processor type: Quad-core 1.2GHz. - Processor name: Qualcomm Snapdragon™ 200.

HTC announce the Butterfly 2

HTC have a wide range of devices available worldwide, not all of them are available to us here in the UK. Which is a shame as the HTC Butterfly that they released last year was a bit of a looker. This year they’ve gone and announced its

Info about the Motorola Moto S starts to appear

Rumours about Motorola and their next line of devices are all over the Internet at the moment, we’ve heard about the Moto X+1, the Moto G2 and also the potential Nexus device codenamed Shamu. Well a photo of the screen protector Motorola devices ship with has appeared

Podcast 105 — so that’s the premium version then is it?

Welcome to another episode of the Coolsmartphone Podcast. Joining me this was John. This weeks topics were about John and his use of a Google Chromecast on iOS, my various comparison articles this week, the new Samsung Galaxy Alpha, EE charging you to queue jump, the iPhone

OnePlus Oppo LG and Sony flagship comparison

In the mobile industry the word “flagship” is banded around a lot, it refers to any manufacturers current top end device. With every company out there having one it’s often hard to decide which one you want for yourself. I’m lucky enough to have a few of

Samsung announce the “premium” Galaxy Alpha

A premium version of the Samsung Galaxy S5 has been rumoured for ages now, with images getting leaked and leaked and leaked over the last few weeks too. Samsung have decided that now is the time to finally announce it, no big event and certainly no tap

Hannspree unveil their latest Android all in one offering

Hannspree have been making monitors, televisions and Android tablets for years now, so it makes sense to combine some of those products and make an Android all in one device. This latest one is a 23″ touchscreen running Android along with a whole host of other connectivity

Google+ for Android now allows you to cast to Chromecast

What more could you ask for, a stream of random people you don’t know posts scrolling across your TV? Well now you can do just that, the latest update to Google+ allows you to connect the app to any of your Chromecasts, apparently it only let’s your

Which watch should I wear today?

These days I find myself in a daily predicament, not only do I have to work out which phone to take with me to work I also now have to choose which watch I wear as well and by watch I mean Smartwatch. I’ve been a smartwatch

Buzz Bee by Blugri is now available for Windows Phone

Blugri Software have been making some of the better games for Windows Phone for quite a while now. The latest has just been published on the Windows Phone Store. It’s called Buzz Bee, your role is to be the bee. You basically fly the bee around dodging

Nokia Lumia 930 – Review

The Nokia Lumia 930 is possibly one of the last phones to be released under the Nokia banner, with future devices coming under the Microsoft banner. So it doesn’t come as a surprise that the Lumia 930 is the highest spec’d phone they’ve ever released. But is

Podcast 104 – oh wow another variant

Welcome to the latest episode of the Coolsmartphone podcast, joining this week were Dan and Ian. This weeks topics were as varied as always with the LG G3 variants being the main point of discussion, we also talked about the Nokia Lumia 930, Lenovo and their superb